Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani

Contact Information

Room: 3, 1st floor
Tel.: +49 6221 5415292
Email: zarhani@uni-heidelberg.de
Office Hours:

Tuesday 2 pm to 3.30 pm and upon arrangement


Please send an email beforehand for an appointment.


Research Fellow

Lecturer in Political Science

Research Interests


Politics in India

Political Economy: Development and Democracy in South Asia

Islam in South Asia

Islamic Political Thought

Iranian Politics and History

About Seyed Hossein Zarhani

Seyed Hossein Zarhani is a research fellow and lecturer at the Political Science Department of the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University. He is currently pursuing his habilitation with a comparative research project on the political economy in Iran and India.

He has defended his doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Political Science (IPW), Heidelberg University. His doctoral research on "Dynamics of Governance and Development in India: a Comparative Study on Andhra Pradesh and Bihar after 1990" was supervised by Professor Subrata K. Mitra and Professor Dietmar Rothermund.

He is a member of the editorial staff at the 'Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics' (HPSACP). He also has several work experiences at different research institutes in Iran.

He studied Political Science at Tehran University (Iran) and Osmania University, Hyderabad (India). He won the Gold medal in the National Olympiad of Persian literature in 1999.

Academic Work Experience

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Research Fellow) at the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (since 2016)

Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (since 2013)



Seminar on "Religion and Politics in Contemporary South Asia" (SS 2017) Heidelberg University

Seminar on "Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science " (SS 2017) Heidelberg University (with Dr. Jha)

Seminar on "Comparative Politics of South Asian States" (WS 2016/17) Heidelberg University.

Seminar on "Islamic Political Parties in South Asia," (SS 2016) Heidelberg University.

Seminar on " Governance and Development in India, State Level, and Beyond " (WS 2015/16) Heidelberg University.

Seminar on " Islam, Politics, and Society in South Asia " (SS 2015) Heidelberg University.

Seminar on " Governance and Development in South Asia " (WS2014/15) Heidelberg University.

Seminar on " Interests, Identities, and Politics: Statehood Movements in India " (SS 2014), Heidelberg University.

Seminar on the " Islamic Political Thought in South Asia " (WS 2013/14), Heidelberg University.

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